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Pitt researchers developing virus-repellent textiles

An illustration demonstrates the fluid repellent quality of treated textiles.

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

Swanson researchers are collaborating to create virus-repellent textiles for medical professional use.

Hydroponics in Homewood: Pitt students at the farm next door

Pitt Hydroponics members work to construct and maintain PVC-pipe hydroponic systems in Homewood, a City neighborhood about 10 minutes east of Oakland.

By Priya Ray, For The Pitt News

February 20, 2020

Besides numerous health benefits, produce such as kale, lettuce and parsley all share one thing in common — Pitt Hydroponics club has already farmed enough of these vegetables to overflow local food pantries.

Pitt students reach new heights with NASA

NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiments Program chose Pitt students Marissa Defallo and Nikolas Vostal’s aluminum corrosion experiment to fly this summer to the International Space Station onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

By Madison Brewer, Staff Writer

February 17, 2020

When Marissa Defallo, a junior mechanical engineering major, worked at American Airlines for her engineering co-op, she spent a lot of time working with aluminum. Airplanes, as well as satellites, are made of the material because it is lightweight and flexible. When looking for an experiment to be performed onboard the space station, she instinctively began to think about the material that makes up the better part of the satellite — aluminum.

Reading the signs: Swanson students create ASL-to-text translator

Pitt students won third place in the InnovateFPGA 2019 Global Design Contest Regional Final with an American Sign Language-to-text translator prototype.

By Madison Brewer, Staff Writer

November 21, 2019

The students recently placed in a competition with a prototype of their translator, which takes a video of a word being signed and translates it using an ever-learning algorithm.

Pitt band “flips” out for student-designed sheet music app

Pitt’s marching band uses a phone app instead of paper to share sheet music.

By Martha Layne, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

EFlipFolder, an app created by Pitt student Marcus Dubreuil, allowed the Pitt band to smoothly ditch sheet music in favor of electric music.

Pitt researchers develop first THC breathalyzer

Driving skills can be negatively impacted while under the influence of THC.

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

August 29, 2019

Researchers from the chemistry department’s Star Lab and Swanson’s electrical and computer engineering department worked together to develop the prototype.

The fermentation process of alcohol

The fermentation process of alcohol

By Sid Lingala and Erica Guthrie

April 11, 2019

Alcohol is a drink of choice for many contemporary college students. But according to Linda O’Reilly, a biological sciences lecturer at Pitt, the process of creating alcohol can be dated back more than 5,000 years ago.

Q&A: Documentary filmmaker Chris Paine on AI

Pitt Cyber will show Chris Paine’s film “Do You Trust this Computer?” at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Teplitz Courtroom of the Barco Law Building.

By Griffin Lynch, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019

The Pitt News talked with Chris Paine before a showing of the documentary about AI and his filmmaking process.

Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER Award

Professor Tevis Jacobs, an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering and materials science department, received the National Science Foundation’s $500,000 CAREER Award to improve nanoparticle performance.

By Lauren Rude, For The Pitt News

April 4, 2019

Tevis Jacobs, an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering and materials science department, received the National Science Foundation’s $500,000 CAREER Award this year to improve nanoparticle performance. “When we talk about nanoparticles, even I, as a scientist that studies nanoscience, have trouble conceiving of how small these are,” Jacobs said. “I am very excited about both [components]. They are both huge endeavors.”

Vibrant Media Lab offers glimpse into first game system

The inside of the Vibrant Media Lab in the Cathedral of Learning.

By Vaibhav Gupta, For The Pitt News

March 18, 2019

The group, the Vibrant Media Lab, will present one of the earliest-created game consoles in history — the Magnavox Odyssey — to Pitt students on April 5 in order to promote a wider understanding of the history and culture behind video games along with the VML’s work for the past two years.

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